Recovered Piano Bench

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I found this cute old piano bench at a second hand shop a couple of months ago.

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I knew I wanted to recover it, but I wasn’t sure about the type of fabric I wanted to use.  After pondering it awhile I suddenly remembered this woven leather rug that I picked up at Ross a long while ago.  I bought it because I really liked it and it was only about $7.  I didn’t have a space for it and it was actually sitting in my car ready to go back to the store.  I’m so glad I was too lazy to take that thing back because it was the perfect size for my little bench.

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I detached the seat from the base and while Mike reinforced the base to make sure it was sturdy, I worked on reupholstering the seat.

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I just pulled the leather rug really tight around the seat and stapled it into place.  It was a little hard to work with because the leather was much thicker than fabric.  I had to use longer staples too to make sure that they went through the leather and into the wood.  I did two lines of staples and staggered them for extra coverage too.

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I cut off all of the excess from the corners and stapled them as tight as I could.

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After I sunk approximately one million staples into this (hey, I did not want this coming apart), we flipped it over and reattached it to the sturdier base.

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I love easy little projects like this one.  They are so satisfying because you can finish them in a day.  I feel like I’ve recovered a lot of things lately.  It’s such a simple way to make something feel new again, don’t you think?

DIY Console Table

Whew.  It’s been awhile.  Sorry for the loooong break, but life just got busy for a minute there. I’ve been spending lots of quality time with family and doing plenty of projects on the side, and just haven’t had the time to put together any posts about it.  But on the plus side, I do have lots to share!

We moved around our living room a few weeks ago (I’ll share more about that later), and we needed a new console table for the wall that leads down the hallway.  I looked high and low for one that would work in the space, but everything out there is just way too deep for this room.  Our house is not that big, so it was an important requirement that the table not stick out from the wall too much and take up valuable space.  When I came up short with my search, I decided that there would be no better way to get the perfect dimensions that to make our own. Here’s what we ended up with:

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We got a piece of wood cut to the size we wanted at Home Depot and then I purchased four hairpin legs here.  I just ordered the raw steel legs with no powder-coating.  I wanted that raw metal look.

The legs come with oil on them so that they won’t rust, so to prep them we just cleaned all of the oil off and then sprayed them with a clear coat of rust inhibitor.

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Here is a picture of the rag we used to get the oil off, just so you can see how oily they come.

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Then, we just screwed and glued the legs to the bottom of the piece of wood.

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I haven’t done anything to the wood top yet because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to paint it or stain it or just leave it au natural.  I think I’ve decided that I’m not going to stain it but that I’ll do a matte varnish to protect it.  I like the color of the natural wood so I’d like to keep it as close to that as possible.  And the best part is that if we get sick of the top we can just unscrew the legs and start over with something new.

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Cords drive me CRAZY too, so I need to come up with a way to hide the lamp cord. But it’s fine for now.

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I really, really like our new console table and I’m so glad I didn’t settle for something with unpractical dimensions that I would end up not liking anyway.

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The bench below the console is a recent DIY project as well that I will share soon!

What are you guys building lately?

New Desk Chairs

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Happy Friday everyone!  Today I am sharing some chairs that I just recently finished for the desk in our home office.  This little DIY was pretty simple and straightforward and could be a fun weekend project.

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We have been searching for new chairs for weeks and weeks now.  There are a ton that we liked enough, but we haven’t found any that we have been able to pull the trigger on yet.  I think mostly because the ones we really, really like are all pretty pricey (in our opinion anyway).  So, I did what I always do.  I stalked the thrift stores around here for any options that would work in the meantime.

I ended up finding these chairs.

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I really like the overall style of them and they were an awesome deal, but they were pretty beat up.  The seats were kind of falling apart and they definitely weren’t safe to sit on in their current condition.  Aside from the seats though, the chairs were very sturdy, so I knew we could find a way to make them work.

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I had Mike cut two pieces of plywood to fit the seats.

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I wrapped them with three layers of batting and then covered them in fabric.

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Then the chairs got a couple of coats of black paint and we slid the seats in place.

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I really like the way these chairs turned out.  I think they fit in the room perfectly and the price was definitely right!

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What about you guys?  Any plans for a DIY fix this weekend?

Wallpaper in the Laundry Room

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Several weeks ago I shared a sneak peek of us wallpapering our laundry room.  Well, I finally got around to taking photos of it. ;)  Here is my new laundry room wall:

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Instead of being all traditional and wallpapering the entire wall, I decided to get creative and make it into a huge framed feature, almost like a giant piece of art.  It takes up almost the entire wall and I love love love the wallpaper I picked out. I think it fits perfectly in the room.

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Almost every wall in our house is textured so before we got around to the wallpapering part we had to figure a proper surface for the wallpaper.  We could have skim coated the entire wall to make it smooth, but instead we got some tempered hardboard from Home Depot and mounted them to the wall.  This provided a smooth surface for the wallpaper to stick to.  I don’t think that I would recommend using these exact boards if you want to do something similar because we had to sink quite a few screws into the studs to really anchor these things so that we wouldn’t have any problems with warping after the wallpaper was applied.  There are several different options for what could be used here.  Anyway, it turned out that really anchoring it was a good thing.  It turned out fabulous and I love what it adds to that formerly boring little room.

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So, back to the hardboard.  After mounting them on the wall, we filled in all of the screw holes with spackle and prepped the surface for the wallpaper by applying a coat of primer.  After the primer was dry we got to hanging the wallpaper.

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We also added trim (that I painted black) all the way around the wallpapered area to give it that framed in look.

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I found the awesome striped hooks at Anthropologie.  We just mounted them on a piece of unstained oak that we picked up at the store.  We use them for bags, jackets, or hanging clothes while doing laundry.

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I just love how this wall turned out.  I spend a lot more time than I used to in the laundry room (thanks to my little guy Jack) and I have to say that it is a much, much nicer place to be stuck in now.

This is the first time I’ve used wallpaper and I love it!  (A big thanks to my mom for helping me put it up — she’s the pro!)  Now I want to use wallpaper for a project in my master bedroom. Have you guys been wallpapering anything lately?

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